Monday, January 31, 2011

We did the "Baby Trip"!

We are back, and our first trip to WDW with a baby was a big success.  Some things went as planned, some did not.  We usually hit rope drops, and then head back to the room for a re-set at about noon.  This time we did not.  Our Grand Daughter usually fell asleep in the stroller for her mid-day nap, and that worked out great!  I kept the touring plans simple and easily changeable, and this was a great way to go.  We never made an actual "rope drop" at any of the parks, but we did get there at opening a few times, and it worked out well.  The lower Jan. crowds made it no problem to still get in lots of touring without hitting the rides hard.  At 15 months of age, she was able to eat pretty much whatever we ate, so feeding was a breeze!  The Fillet Mignon at Le Cellier was so tender, even SHE could enjoy some.  Her first official ride at WDW was The Gran Fiesta Tour at the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot, and she LOVED IT!  Grandma and I enjoyed watching her little head move from side to side looking at all of the colorful characters and things to see as she sat between Mommy and Daddy in the row in front of us.  It was so much fun to introduce all 3 of them to new attractions and great eateries.  The Baby Stations at all of the parks are great places to do a diaper change and a quick re-set when needed.  I had never been in one, and was quite impressed.  What rides & attractions did baby get to experience on her maiden trip?  well...  Gan Fiesta Tour, Journey into Imagination, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Spaceship Earth, Lunch at Le Cellier, The Monorail, Honey I Shrunk The Kids Playground, Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, A performance of Disney Channel Rocks, Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In, The Pixar Parade, Downtown Disney, Kilimanjaro Safari, Dinner at O'Hana, Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ, Triceratops Spin (twice), Wildlife Express Train, Rafiki's Planet Watch, and the petting Zoo at Conservation Station, she met Pluto, Goofy, Flick, and Pinocchio, Dinner at Sanaa, The Carousel, Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, It's a Small World, visited Minnie Mouse's House, The Country Bear Jamboree, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Jungle Cruise, tasted her first Dole Whip, Lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, The TTA Peoplemover, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Wishes Fireworks from the bus stop, And lots of fun seeing the animals at Kidani Village!  That's a lot of fun packed into a few days.  The memories now exist, and I look forward to showing her the pictures of her first ever visit to Walt Disney World.  The group even talked Grandpa into riding Rock n' Roller coaster with Aerosmith!  And I LOVED it!  We enjoyed one evening taking care of our little Grandy, feeding her, playing with her, and mostly watching her! - while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a nice night out exploring the Jambo House and a dinner at Jiko.  We made Spaghetti and meatballs in our room and had a great time with our little cutie.  She did great, and I learned a lot about touring with a baby.  We are looking forward to many more trips with her in the future.  And if little Brother or Sister come along some day, we'll be so much more confident about how to do it.  My fountain of youth has nourished me once again. 


  1. obviously I'm behind! Ha! I went back to the start of your blog to begin... I posted before I realized the trip was over! :) Sounds like it was great!!

  2. I had to come back and re-live our January WDW adventure/Ava's first DISNEY trip! Gosh, I forgot how many rides she actually rode... also, I know she enjoyed every single one of them :)
    If some day a little brother or sister comes a long, I too will feel completely comfortable taking them along! Especially knowing the baby stations are all around and apparently our little stroller is comfortable enough for a mid-day snooze to reboot! Question is... will gma and gpa be able to watch two little "m&m minis" on their own :) well, you will get one more practice round in Sept when we go. Then perhaps you will be ready to take 2 "grandys" to WDW. It's going to be a while though!
    For now, I can't wait to take Ava again and let her be the star of the show! Let the countdown begin!!!

  3. "Unknown"... I'm glad you came back to re-visit "the baby trip", yup, it was a great trip and I'm looking forward to many more with you guys in the years to come! And don't worry... "Grandpa Dan" stands ready to watch "BOTH" of the Grandys at WDW anytime!